EMU women’s basketball head coach AnnMarie Gilbert resigns
According to an EMU press release this morning, women’s basketball head coach AnnMarie Gilbert has announced her resignation, effective tomorrow (Friday, April 6). The university, of course, is giving no explanation, and there are no other reports about this yet, but I’m quite confident that this resignation is for one of two reasons.
The first possibility is that, after her success at EMU over the past several years, Gilbert is being hired away by another school. Ann Arbor could be a likely destination — Kevin Borseth announced yesterday that he’s leaving the Wolverines to coach Green Bay — but going from Borseth’s announcement yesterday, which the Detroit News characterized as
“unexpected”, to an offer to Gilbert this morning would be an awfully fast decision by Michigan athletic director David Brandon. Michigan isn’t the only opening in women’s basketball, but I think it’s highly unlikely that we’ll see Gilbert coaching in Ann Arbor this fall.
The other possibility, which I think is far more likely, is that she has been pushed out at EMU as a result of the still-ongoing NCAA investigation. I heard some rumors this winter that there was more to come in this regard, and in particular, that the recruiting violations may have gone beyond those previously reported (organized workouts for prospects). When you consider that EMU’s announcement of Gilbert’s resignation concludes by mentioning that the “NCAA investigation into the women’s basketball program is still ongoing”, it’s obvious to guess that the resignation and the NCAA investigation are related. If I were to bet, I’d bet on that.